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Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Toronto, Canada
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Best areas to stay at in Maui?

My wife and I have bought our tickets to be in Maui for 10 days from June 23rd. We're now looking at apartment rentals, but we wonder what area of the island is best to stay at?

We'd prefer an area that has nice sandy beaches walking distance (no reefs), as well as restaurants/stores not very far...We found lots of options in Kihei and Maalaea areas, but the beaches looked rocky... not sure if there are better places, or is it our best bet?

Any suggestion would be great!

thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Sugar Beach runs from North Kihei to Maalaea, beautiful sandy beach about 3 miles long. Not many restaurants and stores along Sugar Beach though. South Kihei has some great sandy beaches, rocky outcrops are at the ends of the beaches. Many restaurants and stores in south Kihei.

Ka'anapali has a beautiful beach south of Black Rock (Sheraton Hotel area) and north of the hotel also. Shops and restaurants are close to each.

Which is best?? Either. You have some folks who only want to stay in the West area and others like myself that love the South area(Kihei.)

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2. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

We are a vote for Kihei because where we stay is an affordable, "like home" condo, oceanfront, great beaches and easy to get everywhere on the island. Walking Sugar Beach is great because the sand is firm enough to make it an enjoyable, long or short walk. Like Barefootn said.....people that go to Maui frequently will have their own preference. We like the beach town vibe in Kihei and it's got our favorite beaches. The nice thing about Maui is that it is small enough to go from one end of the island to the other easily.

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3. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Kihei is a great area, but we prefer the west side of Maui. There are a ton of condos at very reasonable costs.

Check out this website:

hawaiirevealed.com/free-travel-info/maui/mau…

We stay at the Outrigger Royal Kahana. We have been very pleased with the accomodations and would recommend them!!

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4. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Welcome to the forums!

Now go flip a coin, do rock, paper, scissors.... we have stayed in West Maui twice, Kahana, and just north of Black Rock, and the last two years, in Kihei. We like Kihei. We stay at the Surfside, right at the end of Kihei, just south of the Kihei Boat Ramp. All the units have ocean view, and lovely walks north to the Kam Beaches (there are three of them, separated by the rock formations that barefootn mentioned) and then south across the parking lot to Keawakapu Beach. This is your first trip to Maui, so whichever place you choose, you will be just fine.

If you can pin down which area you like, West Maui (Ka'anapali and north, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua) or South Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena), come back and then we can help with more specific units.

Also, let us know if you prefer condo or resort type, and what your budget per night might be.

vrbo is a great site to get started on too.

Have fun planning!

Forgot to mention.... now that the dates are set, get that car rental booked! And check back often as the prices do drop closer to departure! hawaiidiscountcarrental is a good place to start with that.

Edited: 25 May 2012, 15:16
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5. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

The good South Maui beaches near shops and restaurants are the three Kamaole Beach Parks in South Kihei. If you use the wizardpub site, start with Maui Vista and work south to find condos near these beaches. www.wizarpub.com A good South Maui condo site is www.mauiownercondos.com

Sugar Beach is fine, but a bit isolated. Maalaea is apt to be windy -- just a strip of condos, but on seawall on the ocean.

North Kihei has mostly non-swimming beaches. Central Kihei is largely a residential hub with post office, hardware store, fast food, etc.

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6. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

The non swimming beaches that ChiSue is referring to is the beach in front of Maui Sunset, Maui Schooner, Koa Lagoon, coral rubble from the old fish pond walls and shallow area doesn't make for the best swimming. We stay every year at the Maui Schooner, we love the beach park that fronts the ocean. Sugar Beach is just to the north, fine for swimming, but no facilities. The Kam beaches just to the south have life guards and facilities.

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7. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Well, as you can see, yours is a question that you can ask of 12 people and get 15 answers :-) But from what you describe there are a couple of areas that will suit your needs - though without knowing your budget it is difficult to steer you in a specific direction. As ChiSue said, the South Kihei area and beaches would be great. You'll find several nice beachfront properties there and shops and restaurants are nearby. In West Maui the Ka'anapali area would probably sit you well. Besides the Whaler's Village area for shops and restaurants, you are a 5 minute car or shuttle ride into Lahaina. On Ka'anapali Beach, consider the Whaler, or Ka'anapali Alii. On the north side of Black Rock you can look at Maui Ka'anapali Villas, the Westin Villas, and Honua Kai.

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8. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Wade -- We could provide more specific suggestions if we knew your lodging budget.

If this is a first trip and you want to sightsee the island, South Maui is more convenient for that. If you want more nightlife and high-rise lodgings, Kaanapali has more of that. (And we haven't even gotten to Napili and far-north Kapalua!)

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9. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

Wow! thanks guys for the very detailed answers...!

With regards to Budget, we're looking at renting either a studio or 1 bedroom condo for a per-night budget up to 130USD...I hope this is enough to get something fresh, walking distance to beach?

We're renting a car using my corporate rates..so we're getting a Standard size for somewhere between 22 to 29 USD per day, including insurance...

Indeed it's our fist time in Maui, and we're excited! I just want to make sure that my wife gets the best experience she could have (in our Honeymoon i had an motorbike accident, and that spoiled it all :(

Thanks again guys!

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10. Re: Best areas to stay at in Maui?

No biking on Maui, OK? LOL

You should find a nice 1 BR condo very near a good beach for $130/night. (Taxes add 13.42%. Some condos have resort fees; some don't. You should not have to pay a cleaning fee if you're staying a week or more.

A compact or smaller car is just fine on Maui. Can you get something cheaper? Can you decline insurance or is that different for Canadians? We've found good pricing through Costco's Travel Dept. and sometimes our airline. It's worth it to 'join' a car rental agency, and pre-register so that you can avoid the lines; go to the lot, pick up a car and drive out.